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Canon General / Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:20:56 PM »
I'm flying into Yellowstone and trying to pack and wanted advice. I have 4 bodies. I was thinking about bringing 2 bodies. I have a 1DX. Obviously, my favorite to use. I have 1d mark IV, 7d and 5d mark iii. I have cf and sd cards, but my sd cards also work in my camcorders and they are larger than my cf cards. I was hoping to bring my Motorola Xoom tablet to save space. I was thinking about taking the 7d and 5d3 to save space (charger is much smaller too). I want to take pics of birds in flight and astrophotography. I am bringing my Canon 600 f4 and my 14mm f2.8 Tamron. My 70-200, both 1.4 and 2x extenders. I also will bring my 35 f1.4 and 24-70 f2.8. I am leaving behind my 85 1.2, 100 macro, 400 f2.8, macro extenders and my 17-40 f4.

Am I making any mistakes?

Lenses / flying with 600f4 or 400f2.8
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:46:56 PM »
I was planning a trip to yellowstone national park and curious if anyone had advice on flying with either my 600f4 or 400f2.8. They are expensive to be lost in luggage, but perhaps too large for carry on. And which of the two should I bring. I really am hoping for some bald eagle sightings, but if it's not likely I'd rather have my 400 since it is more hand holdable.

Animal Kingdom / Seattle vacation
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:23:57 AM »
I was hoping to get advice for more specific locations I might get some good bird of prey shots while I vacation in Sept. I plan on bringing my 600mm F4 IS USM, my 5d3, 1d4 and 24-70 for shots of my wife and I.
Any other travel advice is appriciated as well. This is the first time travelling with my 600. I was hoping to use my camera bag and 600 as my carry ons.

EOS Bodies / tripod help for EF 600mm f4 IS USM?
« on: May 16, 2012, 06:30:26 PM »
So, I tried using B&H website, but obviously it's help is counter productive. This is the items I have ordered. I am trying to return all unnecissary items and items that don't work together.

1) Gitzo GT3531LSV tripod legs 75mm thread (didn't realise it didn't have a head)
2) Wimberly WH-200 -- clearly the head I want to use, recommended through and through
3) Wimberly WIFC600 replacement foot -- recommended by B&H website for some unknown reason
4) Wimberly p50 - Wh200 mounting bracket for 600 f4
5) Wimberly BS-100 screw adapter -- cheap so don't mind having extra
6) Gitzo GS3511S -- tripod head which is recommended by B&H website for my tripod, but doesn't even fit it!!

I am confused, and have a 600 f4 IS USM just waiting for me to be able to use as soon as my tripod is set up! How do I get the WH-200 on the tripod legs Gitzo GT3531LSV? HELP PLEASE!!

EOS Bodies / 1Dx vs. 1D mk IV vs. 7d
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:45:00 PM »
I pre-ordered a 1Dx and just bought a 2nd hand 1D mk IV and plan on testing them out vs my 7d. Anyone else interested in my results?

EOS Bodies / 1D mk IV & 5D mk III or 1DX?
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:17:33 PM »
Anyone else weighing this option? (I am upgrading from a 7d)

Advantages of 1D IV + 5d Mk III:
10 fps of 1d iv better than 8fps
1.3 crop/FF options and versitility
low light ability and focus speed for birding
f8 focusing on 1D IV

Advantages of 1DX:
even lower light ability
fastest focusing ability
best metering canon has available
ethernet port
portrait joystick

I almost want to wait for a 1dx II w/ f8 focusing.

Animal Kingdom / hawks and cougars
« on: April 08, 2012, 06:44:26 PM »
Just got some shots with a Tamron 200-500 f5-6.3 and a 300 f4 L IS USM. Taken at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Can you tell the lenses apart?

Lenses / Tamron 200-500mm f5-6.3
« on: March 24, 2012, 02:12:25 PM »
OK, so I just got this lens this morning. I played with it for a few minutes and already I regret getting it.

I previously had a Tamron 200-400mm and Tamron 2x extender, both of which I gave to my Sister for Christmas. I have a 300mm f4 and canon 2x extender. I was happier with the IS on my canon lens, focus was faster, pictures were sharper.

Here is my gripe with the 200-500mm. Pictures looked good, color was improved dramatically from the 200-400, but the canon 2x teleconverter did not fit on it! I was really hoping to get a 400-1000 f13 lens. :(

EOS Bodies / firmware updates?
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:59:01 AM »
So rumored f8 firmware update for the 1dx led me to ask, ok do how would one update a camera's firmware?

I own a 7d, not sure what would improve if I updated.

EOS Bodies / 5d mkiii or 1dx? lens help?
« on: March 13, 2012, 05:04:31 PM »
I am a 7d owner who loves taking pics of hawks and sunsets on my weekends. I am 35yo and have been trying to self teach myself for about a year and a half. I possibly may want to do some portrait work in the future. I have a couple of L series lenses already (70-200 2.8 is ii usm, 35 1.4, 300f4 is usm). I just inherrited $10-20k I can use to play with after my mother's house (whom passed away from ovarian cancer) is selling. The rest, I am investing.

Here is my question: How many hobbyists out there think that the 1dx is worth the extra $3k. I know the life cycle is 400k shutter vs 150k shutter movement rated, and the extra weather sealing, etc...14fps would be nice for capturing the hawks fly.

I am planning on getting a 600 f4 is usm or maybe 600 f4 is ii usm and a tripod system to hold it.
I wish to be vacationing at the grand canyon this summer and perhaps other national parks soon. so, 14mm L series lens methinks would be wise? I might also consider be getting a 24-70 is ii usm and flash since I am doing my friend's wedding in Oct. 2012. Any comments on lenses would also be helpful.

EOS Bodies / Due for a letdown?
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:41:31 PM »
With all these dreamy rumored specs floating around on the 5dx (or whatever it's called). Does anyone else get the feeling that with all the build up and hype, that we are all due for a let down in one way or another. Either the specs will not be the wishlist we've created or the price will be much higher than we thought (see 24-70 ii).

I just have a bad feeling like a great movie trailer with this eye popping cgi, that there is no way it can live up to our hopes. CGI will always look CGI-ish and a low end FF will be low end in some way or the price will reflect its superiority.

That said, I want one, and based on the buzz around here, it's got a lot of people foaming at the mouth to get one, too.

Lenses / come on, make an affordable 600mm or 800mm!!
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:53:55 PM »
For $1-3,000 and I think prosumer and wildlife enthusiasts would be stoked to finally get the reach from a quality brand, without getting divorced for buying it. Even if it was f8ish, had IS,  and a USM...sell in droves, no?

EOS Bodies / What features, if any, made you almost choose...?
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:34:07 PM »
Before purchasing your canon dslr of choice, what brands' features tempted you to purchase their camera instead?

Personally, I was really tempted to get a Pentax for the weather sealing, in-camera stabalization and fps/price. Ultimately, I decided I live in a desert and weather sealing might not be most important to me. Plus, I liked the idea of buying used lenses and accessories and Pentax just didn't have as many being sold on CL and Ebay. The 7d was above what I wanted to spend, but I found a "deal" at one of those bait and switch websites. JUST before I paid for it, I read a review about who not to buy from, and it saved me a lot of grief and frustration. But, by then, I had read reviews and my heart was set on the 7d. It had weather sealing, high fps and excellent reviews, even if it was way more than I planned on spending. I have a wonderful wife who saw how much I was depressed that the too good to be true deal was, in fact, not true. She bought me the camera as an engagement present. The addiction for nice camera stuff was on. I'm so lucky to get the right brand from the beginning, but it makes me wonder why Canon only tries to compete with Nikon, and not knock out the niche markets, too.

Was there any features (weather sealing on crop sensor models? In-camera IS model? more fps? mirrorless?) that you would like to see Canon put in a body somewhere along it's line up? Where: FF or crop?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Battery grip/weather sealing qyestion
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:04:07 PM »
I read somewhere that a Canon 7d isn't weather sealed without a Canon battery grip. Is it ONLY a Canon battery grip that is weather sealed or are there off brands with the weather sealing. I don't really think I need the extra battery power, but it might be worth the money to help protect my investment if it's the difference between a working and non working camera. I mostly shoot wildlife btw, and spent the extra money for the weather sealed 70-200 IS ii USM. I also have a hoya 77mm Cir Pul filter for the same reason. 

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